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What is Jeet Kune Do?
Jeet Kune Do (or JKD for short) was founded in 1967 by martial arts legend, Bruce Lee. This is a hybrid form of traditional Chinese Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Fencing, Kickboxing and other martial arts systems. Even though it is born from these classic martial arts, it is by no means supposed to follow their ideologies.
The very name of Jeet Kune Do has been described by Lee as ‘non-classical’, meaning that it does not limit itself to any specific form. Unlike its parents, JKD is not an art where the focus is fixed patterns; rather it is a philosophy with guiding thoughts.
This eclectic, hybrid form of martial arts is named for the Wing Chun concept of interception or attacking whilst the opponent is already busy attacking. The practitioners of JKD believe in minimal movements that can produce maximum effects if combined with extreme speed. The system itself is not fixed and there cannot be a specific movement for every context.
Instead, different tools are used for different situations where these situations are divided into ranges. Some of the movements that are used include kicking, punching, trapping, and grappling and martial artists are taught to combine them with various techniques that allow for smooth movements.
One of the main principles of this type of martial arts is the philosophy ‘Be Like Water’. Lee said that the practitioner should be free from anything binding, fluid, and formless, and able to adapt to every new situation. As water, the practitioner must always be moving, always be adapting and evolving without standing still.
Another principle is the Economy of Motion. This teaches the student that JKD wastes no time. Efficiency is important when attacks need to be conducted in a speedy manner, it is important to be direct, and the attacks must be simple and uncomplicated.
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